Fencescan come in all sorts of styles & materials and most of them will look great in front of your home, business, or property. Generally speaking, fences have three main purposes. These are to maintain your privacy, to keep your family & pets inside your property, and unwanted visitors out. But what is the purpose of a fence that isn’t durable?
In this article, we’re going to discuss the different types of fence materials that are most commonly used as well as how durable they are.
If you’re in the market for a new fence for your property, you’re going to want to stick around to find out which fence has the right amount of durability that’s right for you.
What Makes A Fence Durable?
When we talk about the durability of a fence in this article, we are referring to three different things.
- Strength: How good is the material of the fence at keeping unwanted visitors out?
- Vision: How well does a material do at preventing people from looking inward towards your property?
- Maintenance: How well does the material of the fence perform against environmental conditions?
Below, we’ll take each common material that today’s fences are comprised of and judge them based on these three durability definitions.
Popular Fencing Materials & Styles
Some of the most common materials that people like to have their fences made out of are:
Cedar & Pressure Treated Wood Fences
Both cedar & pressure-treated wood fences are highly durable fencing materials, even for northern climates. When positioned in the popular solid-board, shadowbox, or verticle boards on board fencing styles, these fences will offer great strength against unwanted visitors & give you the privacy you want.
Wood fences do require a bit more maintenance against the natural elements than their counterparts. Make sure to wash your fence annually with soap & water and make sure that you seal your wood fences with clear UV (ultraviolet light) blocking sealers every two to three years to extend the life of your fence as long as possible.
One downside to any solid wood fence, particularly those made with hardy and robust woods like cedar, is that during extremely windy conditions, wood fences tend to have little flexibility and may actually break. Another is that if left untreated, buried fences can be susceptible to moisture & termites.
Chain Link Fences
Chain link fences are a fantastic option for those wanting to protect their property & loved ones while also being one of the least expensive fencing options.
Chain link fences are strong enough for pets and children to stay while also deterring wild animals & other unwanted visitors from meandering onto your property. However, they are great during strong storms as and will survive a heavy wind storm with little to no damage as wind will blow right through the fence.
However, chain link fences are not as durable against moisture, as they are susceptible to rust due to their metal construction. And even though the holes in the chain-link fence are a bonus against wind storms, they are a negative as they provide virtually no privacy from wandering eyes.
Picket Wood Fences
Historically, picket fences were originally used as a sort of colonial stockade with sharpened tips to keep intruders out. You’ll sometimes find fences like these still, but the picket wood fences have similar durability traits that solid board wood fences have as stated above.
However, they are better against wind storms as the wind has the ability to pass through the fence rather than pushing it or breaking the fence down.
Also, depending on how small of a child, dog, cat, or animal you have, the space between a picket fence may be enough for them to squeeze through. The openings that give them strength during wind storms also give them weakness when wondering eyes are about.
Wrought Iron Fences
Wrought iron fences are one of the strongest fences you can get. Due to their thick metal construction, they are impervious to all but the most determined of intruders.
Like the picket fence, they do well against wind storms as the wind can pass right between the best posts but are also susceptible to wandering eyes and small children, pets, & animals passing through.
Like the chain-link fence, they are susceptible to rust from outdoor moisture.
If you the look of a picket fence but something that’s a bit stronger with less maintenance, wrought iron fences might be for you.
Vinyl fences are a great alternative to all of the fences up above. Depending on which style of fence you pursue when using vinyl to build your fence, vinyl fences can be strong, provide great privacy, and are durable against the weather.
They also require relatively little maintenance when compared to their wood counterparts while also generally lasting longer too. They’re also less expensive too!
Since they are a non-organic material, they are also not susceptible to rot like wood fences can be. And they also offer a little give to wind storms so they won’t break when the windy season comes around.
Final Thoughts On What The Most Durable Types Of Fences Are
No matter which type of fence you choose, having a fence is a safer option for your family & property than having no fence at all. Not only that, but fences oftentimes will generate a higher property value and more interest in your home if you choose to sell your house.
With all of this information in mind, you should be ready to decide on the right durability of fence that’s perfect for you and your needs. If you have any further questions about fencing, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we’re more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect fence material for your project.